Newsletter #36

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Stonehaven and District Men’s Shed Meeting November 30th 2017

The Shedders gathered at the Station Hotel Stonehaven for Christmas Lunch. Twenty-seven members enjoyed the fine food  and companionship. On behalf of the group Peter thanked Robert, Ian and Allan from our events team, for making all the arrangements. Peter went on to ask the shedders to show their appreciation for the good works done over the year by the board and members and went on to speak of some of that work; Chairman Bill Allan who, in spite of a period of recuperation following major surgery, has kept the focus on starting operations at our interim shed and has also progressed the CAT process with the aim of obtaining long term premises for our Shed; Secretary, Douglas Knox, who has managed business very effectively in his usual quiet manner, and has also made successful applications for grant funding and a input an immense amount of work on our CATs; Vice-chairman Andy Lorimer who has organised the regular meetings and supported the site visits and paperwork to progress the CAT process; Trustee Wally  with his trailer and all the members who have helped at the Poly-tunnel and also transferred tools and furniture to the Civil Defence Bunker.
A warm round of applause was given.

Allan Wood proposed the toast to absent friends.

The raffle then took place and Robert, Ian & Allan managed this activity with their usual good humour. The Shedders had been generous in their donations which included new power tools, boxes of biscuits, sweets and fine wines & spirits. Shedder Tony Zaccarini couldn’t make it on the day but had donated a framed canvas print of Stonehaven inner harbour, made from one of his photographs. The lucky winner was Mike, who is seen below being presented with the picture by Allan.

Other News
Chairman Bill reported that things are going forward with the lease arrangements for the bunker and he hopes that we can gain full access early next year. The council have given us permission to store our furniture inside and we are arranging a visit for the bunker Operations Team to plan out the internal layout for the woodworking and dust control machinery. A note setting out the time to meet at the bunker will be sent out.

Peter reported that things have slowed down at the Poly-tunnel due to the weather but activities in the school continue. On Thursday the Shedders helped the pupils to pot out crocus and daffodil bulbs for their classroom and they were invited to take a couple of pots home with them.

 The next regular meeting will be at 12:30hrs on 14th December in the Community Centre Bath Street. The speaker is Rod MacDonald who will talk about diving on the wrecks around Stonehaven and HMS Hampshire which foundered during the First World War while transporting Lord Kitchener to Russia.

Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are available.

Dates for your diary:

25th January – Burns Event

Please note there will be no meetings on 28th December and 4th January.

Please request further info from should you require it.


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